In October 2011, SEI Knowledge Partnership
(SEI) and Greenwich Associates
conducted their fifth annual survey of institutional hedge fund investors. On January 25, 2012, they released a report summarizing part one of the results of that survey (Report), including current trends affecting the hedge fund industry, including institutional hedge fund allocations, objectives, performance and preferences in investment strategies and vehicles. The Report, entitled “The Shifting Hedge Fund Landscape, Part I of II: Institutions Put Fund Managers to the Test,” identifies a deepening commitment to hedge funds on the part of institutional investors, and foreshadows increased institutional allocations. At the same time, however, the Report finds that institutions keep creating new challenges and requirements for hedge fund managers. Notably, the Report also details what hedge fund managers must do in order to maintain investor confidence. Part two of the survey will explore investors’ chief concerns regarding hedge fund investing, as well as the continuing evolution of institutional standards for hedge fund evaluation, selection and monitoring. This article summarizes the findings of the Report and the key takeaways for hedge fund managers. See also “SEI Report Describes the Growth Opportunity for Hedge Fund Managers in Regulated Alternative Funds
,” Hedge Fund Law Report, Vol. 4, No. 44 (Dec. 8, 2011).